In this course, students examine the interdisciplinary nature of the Earth's oceans. Students learn about the biological, chemical, physical, and geological aspects of the ocean. Students investigate the creatures that live in the ocean, including fish, marine mammals, and microscopic plants and animals. In addition, students examine waves, currents, and environmental aspects of the ocean, as well as the features of the sea floor. Through this course, students also explore the interaction between humans and the oceans, analyzing humanity's relationship with the sea.
Math/Science Topics courses enable students to choose from a variety of course topics that change each semester. Courses are designed to facilitate students' confidence in their mathematical and science abilities. Students will be encouraged to assess and analyze complex problems in a logical manner and to connect what they are learning to everyday life. Individual course descriptions are available to registering students at www.berklee.edu/liberal-arts.
In this course, students explore the major natural disasters seen on the Earth. Students investigate the likely location of different types of disasters, the potential impact on society, and whether different types of disasters can be predicted. Students also learn about earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, hurricanes, floods, landslides, asteroid impacts, and more. Students compare the potential dangers of different hazards, evaluate media reports on natural disasters, and assess legislation on natural disasters. In addition, students investigate the ways that humans interact with nature and affect these disasters.
Mathematics and science have transformed the physical world, our relationships to each other, and perhaps even a fundamental understanding of ourselves. But where do mathematical and scientific reasoning come from? And what do math and science have to do with truth? In this class we’ll look at some original texts that define modern-day science and math. We will critically examine the foundations of measurement and deductive reasoning, and deep assumptions regarding the nature of fact, reality, and truth.
In this course, students develop quantitative, graphic and verbal skills as they analyze data. Students learn to reduce data to its simplest and most representative expression, as well as to recognize data reduction and its implication and potential pitfalls. Students study the economics of the music industry in the United States and abroad. In addition, students learn to incorporate computer-enhanced data presentations into their own oral and written communications, and how to support research and experiments with data and statistics.
In this course, students are introduced to foundational theories of logic, mathematics, and problem solving, as utilized in the practical application of computer software development. Students examine the nature of thinking and how reasoned thought aids in the creation of succinct, optimized, and efficient code. Work in 3D environments provides an overview of discrete mathematics and physics of motion, collision, and rotation, including Cartesian coordinate systems, Newtonian physics, vectors, and matrices. The course provides an introduction to object-oriented programming (OOP) using a high-level programming language and integrated development environment (IDE).
This course examines human auditory processing from the eardrum to the auditory cortex. Students learn how speech and music signals are transformed from physical activity in the environment, to sensations in the cochlea, to psychological perceptions in the brain. The relationship between a sound and its perception will be discussed in terms of the underlying mechanisms and the limitations of our hearing system. Topics include a description of the auditory system and pathways; signal detection and discrimination; masking; temporal resolution; pitch, timbre, and loudness perception; sound localization; auditory scene analysis; and speech and music perception.
This course explores the relationship between society and the environment. Students learn about ecosystems, the effects of population growth, and the influence of energy and pollution on environmental systems. In addition, students examine the flow of energy through ecosystems; the carrying capacity of an ecosystem; water, food, and mineral resources; fossil fuels vs. alternative energy sources; air and water pollution; climate change; and waste management. The class also discusses options to sustain and preserve the planet.
This course covers basic knowledge of the structure and function of the human body. Each of the bodily systems will be dealt with as a separate entity, and then as an integrated part of the whole. This course is distinct from LMSC-221, Health and Wellness, in that it details more technical material for use in clinical settings at a level necessary to meet music therapy curricular competencies.
This course is an examination of the philosophical arguments for the existence of God—cosmological, ontological, teleological, moral, and experiential or mystical—as found in the work of such philosophers as Plato, Anselm, Aquinas, Descartes, Leibniz, Kant, Paley, Kierkegaard, and Buber. The historical development of these various proofs will be studied, including Hume's skeptical arguments against them as well as what has existentially come to be called the I-Thou encounter and its relevance for the modern eclipse of God.
In this course, students explore the ethical questions that have engaged humankind from antiquity to the present. Such questions focus on life's ideals: How should I live? What is the good life? Questions also examine models for relating to others: Why should I care about or be just towards others? Do we need friendship, love, community, and justice? What are social relations? Students critically interpret and evaluate philosophical texts, positions, and arguments as they reflect upon the diverse cultural and sociopolitical environments in which these questions have been explored throughout history.